Getting Started The relationship between a client and their therapist is a key component of therapy. When considering beginning counseling, it is important that you find a therapist that you feel comfortable with. I encourage you to contact me at 978-921-1088 if you would like to discuss potentially beginning therapy. I will make every effort to return your call as soon as possible on the days that I am in the office (as stated in my voice mail message - typically all day T, W, Th and also Friday mornings).
During the initial phone consultation (usually about 10-15 minutes) we can briefly discuss your current concerns and hopes, as well as my style and approach to therapy. I am also glad to discuss questions about scheduling, insurance/payment, and directions.The earliest appointment time I offer is 9am and the latest appointment time is 4:30pm.
First Appointment If our phone conversation indicates that we both feel I can be helpful to you, we will schedule a first session which will be in-person or via telehealth for 50 minutes (*during Fall 2021 all appointments will be via telehealth video*). This session will provide us both with more information about your concerns and goals, and about whether it would be helpful to schedule future sessions. If, after this meeting, you or I feel for any reason that we should not continue to work together, I will offer you referrals to connect with another therapist who may be a better fit.
Insurance and Payment Information I am an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts (commercial plans and public plans), Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, United Behavioral Health/Optum, Allways Health Partners, BMC Healthnet, Fallon, Aetna, and GIC. I am unable to take the MassHealth/Medicaid versions of BMC Healthnet, Fallon and Tufts Public Plans for clients under 21. I am also not able to see Medicare clients who have MassHealth as the secondary insurance.
Please call the Mental Health/Behavioral Health number on your health insurance card to double check and get confirmation that I am an in-network provider for your particular insurance company before we meet. Also, please check your insurance benefits for telehealth as coverage varies, and your copay may be different for in-person vs. telehealth appointments.I am able to accept cash, check, debit/credit and Health Savings Acct/Flex Spending Acct cards for the payment of your copay or deductible for in-person appointments, and debit/credit or HSA/FSA cards for telehealth appointments. Please let me know if you prefer to pay out-of-pocket for sessions rather than use your insurance benefits.
After we have set up our initial session, please proceed to myFORMS page to print out and complete the registration paperwork for our first appointment.